The Peddler

Peddler
Peddler
Placement in the painting
Nationalmuseet
Todten-Capelle:
Er ist wohl gerecht gestorben,
der den Himmel hat erworben.
Todten-Capelle

Death pulls the peddler out of the painting. It is a little uncertain whether the man is a peddler or a carpenter, because he carries a saw, and the basket on his back is filled with wooden goods. In his hand is a cane, which the cripple may have lost (the cripple is immediately to his left in the painting).

The text is from Todten-Capelle.

Er ist wohl gerecht gestorben,
weil er den Himmel hat erworben

He must have died righteously,
because he has received Heaven.

The text is slightly different in the emblem (to the right): »der den Himmel hat erwerben«. "He must have died as righteous, who has received Heaven". Apparently the painter has instead chosen to quote from the end of the chapter, where it says: »weil er den Himmel hat erworben«.

Todten-Capelle:
crockery-peddler.
Todten-Capelle
Holbein: nobleman.
Holbein Proofs, Nobleman

There is a peddler in Todten-Capelle (pictured left). However, he sells porcelain and the text is different. The peddler with a basket on his back could also remind us of Holbein's peddler.

To the right of the peddler is a coffin on a stretcher, reminiscent of the coffin behind Holbein's nobleman (pictured right).